A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

by

Amor Towles

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Andrey Duras Character Analysis

The maître d’ of the hotel’s fine restaurant, the Boyarsky. The Count explains that the Boyarsky would not run without Andrey, who appears to anticipate the needs of every guest, much to the Count’s delight. Prior to this job, Andrey had been a juggler in the circus, a skill that aids him as he appears to pull out chairs for every member of a table at once, or catches a cake midair as it falls. Together Andrey, the Count (who becomes headwaiter at the Boyarsky), and the Boyarksy’s chef, Emile, become such good friends that they are referred to as “the Triumvirate.” They work to outmaneuver the Bishop when he tries to impose new rules and regulations on the Boyarsky.

Andrey Duras Quotes in A Gentleman in Moscow

The A Gentleman in Moscow quotes below are all either spoken by Andrey Duras or refer to Andrey Duras. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of A Gentleman in Moscow published in 2016.
Book 1, 1922, An Ambassador Quotes

In the seventeen years since the making of that peace—hardly a generation—Russia had suffered a world war, a civil war, two famines, and the so-called Red Terror. In short, it had been through an era of upheaval that had spared none. Whether one’s leanings were left or right, Red or White, whether one’s personal circumstances had changed for the better or changed for the worse, surely at long last it was time to drink to the health of the nation.

Page Number: 17
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Book 2, 1924, Anonymity Quotes

Yes, a bottle of wine was the ultimate distillation of time and place; a poetic expression of individuality itself. Yet here it was, cast back into the sea of anonymity, that realm of averages and unknowns.

Page Number: 144
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Book 3, Arachne’s Art Quotes

With the slightest turn of the wrist the shards of glass tumble into a new arrangement. The blue cap of the bellhop is handed from one boy to the next, a dress as yellow as a canary is stowed in a trunk, a little red guidebook is updated with the new names of streets, and through Emile’s swinging door walks Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov—with the white dinner jacket of the Boyarsky draped across his arm.

Page Number: 176
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Andrey Duras Character Timeline in A Gentleman in Moscow

The timeline below shows where the character Andrey Duras appears in A Gentleman in Moscow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, 1922, An Ambassador
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...Count hears someone clear his throat in the hallway. He opens his door and finds Andrey (the maître d’ of the hotel restaurant, the Boyarsky), Vasily (the hotel’s concierge), and Marina... (full context)
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The Count, Andrey, Vasily, and Marina then have a night of good cheer and conversation. He is grateful... (full context)
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At ten o’clock, the Count says goodnight to Andrey, Vasily, and Marina. He sits at his desk, which had been left to him by... (full context)
Book 1, An Anglican Ashore
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...takes great joy in guessing those replacement ingredients. As he eats dinner, the Count asks Andrey if the secret ingredient in his dish is nettle. (full context)
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As Andrey goes to ask Emile about the nettle, the Count reflects how the Boyarsky could not... (full context)
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Andrey and Emile return, and Emile sarcastically congratulates the Count on correctly guessing that there is... (full context)
Book 2, 1924, Anonymity
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...Count notices a man with a pointed beard march down the hallway with purpose, and Andrey signals for a waiter to seat him immediately. (full context)
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The Count asks Andrey if the man with the beard is that same Commissar who had been in a... (full context)
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...Bishop explains that there are only two wine options: red or white. The Count summons Andrey and asks how the Bishop came to work at the Boyarsky. Andrey explains that he... (full context)
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When the Count tries to explain his trouble with ordering wine, Andrey brings the Count down to the wine cellar. Andrey shows him that the labels have... (full context)
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The Count asks who filed the complaint, and Andrey states that it may have originated with the Bishop. The Count remembers the incident at... (full context)
Book 2, 1926, Adieu
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...at six, when the Boyarsky opens, the Count walks through the doors and asks if Andrey can spare a moment. (full context)
Book 3, Arachne’s Art
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...the narrator notes that he uses the knife to point as much as to chop). Andrey still keeps the restaurant spinning, prompt as ever. But there is one addition to the... (full context)
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Emile, Andrey, and the Count, whom the narrator calls “the Triumvirate,” gather for their daily meeting. On... (full context)
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...and rack of lamb. The Count tries the dish and notes the addition of mint. Andrey asks what he might recommend with the lamb. Wine labels were returned to the Metropol’s... (full context)
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...men then scheme about how to acquire oranges for a dish Emile wants to serve. Andrey says he can find them; Emile tells them that they should reconvene at half past... (full context)
Book 3, An Alliance
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...the Count surveys the restaurant, pleased with the smoothness of the evening. At that moment, Andrey signals to the Count in distress. There is going to be a private function in... (full context)
Book 3, Absinthe
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...and asks for absinthe. He takes his drink upstairs to the Boyarsky’s kitchen. The Count, Andrey, and Emile had long had a desire to share a certain dish, but many of... (full context)
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...Count arrives in the kitchen, absinthe in hand. A few moments later, as Emile prepares, Andrey arrives from the back stair with a pile of oranges tumbling from his arms. As... (full context)
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At one in the morning, the Count, Emile, and Andrey enjoy the fruits of their labors: three bowls of bouillabaisse (a decadent seafood stew). They... (full context)
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...Life, he thinks, is as devious as Death. It had given Mishka love and sent Andrey to the circus, and would one day find Nina, too. The Count falls asleep in... (full context)
Book 3, Addendum
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On June 23, Andrey is riding the bus after paying a visit to Sofia. He stops at the market... (full context)
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Andrey makes dinner for his wife, sets the table, and then walks down the hall. Without... (full context)
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Andrey knows, however, that soon enough someone in the building will tell the housing authorities that... (full context)
Book 3, Ascending, Alighting
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...he simply plans to request the evening off. When he arrives at the meeting, however, Andrey reminds him that he has his usual appointment with Osip that night, and that there... (full context)
Book 3, Antics, Antitheses, an Accident
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The Count then goes to his daily meeting in the Boyarsky with Andrey and Emile, who agree that it is outrageous that the Bishop accused Sofia of such... (full context)
Book 4, 1952, America
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...Boyarsky. It is his night off, and they are ushered into the dining room by Andrey. Anna Urbanova is sitting at a nearby table with a few fans. Recently, she had... (full context)
Book 4, 1953, Apostles and Apostates
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...of theft, and told the Bishop that he would relate their conversation to Emile and Andrey in their daily meeting. And so, the new system continued throughout the evening. (full context)
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...The Count exits to the other room through his closet, where he gives Emile and Andrey such a shock that Emile drops the cake they had brought in celebration. Fortunately, Andrey... (full context)
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Seeing that it is no use keeping his room a secret, the Count leads Andrey and Emile through the closet to his study. They congratulate Sofia on her success. At... (full context)
Book 5, 1954, Applause and Acclaim
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Andrey and Emile are in the kitchen, in disbelief that in six months, on June 21,... (full context)
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Andrey, Emile, and the Count are wondering whether Paris has changed, when the newest member of... (full context)
Book 5, Adulthood
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Later, the Count, Emile, Andrey, and the Bishop all sit in the Bishop’s office. The Boyarsky’s daily meeting has been... (full context)
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...asks about the preparations for the dinner of the Presidium and the Council of Ministers. Andrey assures him that everything is in order and that the Count will be overseeing the... (full context)
Book 5, An Announcement
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...of the place settings are in order. Though the Count was excused from this duty, Andrey has been experiencing terrible tremors in his hand the day prior and so he asked... (full context)
Book 5, Anecdotes
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...hotel’s silver. Sofia notices a small bell on the table, and when she rings it, Andrey appears. He presents Emile’s newest specialty: Goose à la Sofia. The Count proceeds to recall... (full context)
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...on for a long time, until the Count admits defeat when Sofia comes up with Andrey, Emile, and Alexander (the Count). (full context)
Afterword, Afterwards…
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...The officers try to question the Bishop, but they cannot seem to find him either. Andrey and Emile hear a rumor that Sofia has gone missing in Paris. (full context)
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As Andrey and Emile discuss whether the Count could truly have escaped, the concierge delivers an envelope... (full context)